The Golden State Warriors went all-in on contending this summer. They re-signed Draymond Green, traded Jordan Poole for Chris Paul, and kept their core together, despite the massive spending it entails. The Dubs believe they can win it all this season and will make changes if things are not working out.
The dynasty is coming to an end, which could up the aggressiveness. Stephen Curry is 35 years old. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are both 33. Andrew Wiggins is the only one of their six highest-paid players still in his 20s. It is now or never for Golden State.
The Warriors are not the only team fighting Father Time in a wide-open championship race. Denver is not giving up the crown easily, but several teams could win it all. Who has the largest championship window in the NBA? Here is a look at where all 30 teams stand.
30. Washington Wizards
The rebuild has just begun in the nation’s capital, and the Wizards are at least five years from being in serious contention. Bilal Coulibaly might be the only player still left on their roster at that point.
Verdict: Their window is shut, locked, and boarded over.
29. Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte won just 27 games last season and is in total disarray. LaMelo Ball should be healthy and second overall pick Brandon Miller could be a future star, but the Hornets are multiple years away from contending. It will likely take a massive roster overhaul to get there and Charlotte does not appear to be taking that route.
Verdict: Shut and locked with little future hope.
28. Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have four former All-Stars on their roster, but they missed the playoffs entirely last season. Chicago needs a true superstar to lead this group. They have talent, but not enough to seriously contend.